Human Being / Live At The Zodiac - Berlin 1968
Album: Live At The Zodiac - Berlin 1968   Collection:General
Artist:Human Being   Added:Jul 2009
Label:Barking Green  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-11-22 Pull Date: 2010-01-24 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Dec 27 Dec 20 Dec 6
Airplays: 1 2 3

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 22, 2009: The Courtesy Flush
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4. Dec 03, 2009: midori orangeasm in a highball
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2. Dec 16, 2009: orangeasm
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5. Dec 02, 2009: Graveyard 37 Degree Double Ear Canal Shear
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3. Dec 15, 2009: The Courtesy Flush
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6. Dec 01, 2009: Memory Select
[untitled track - excerpt]

Album Review
sure thing
Reviewed 2009-11-10

Human Being
Live At The Zodiac – 1968

“You can’t paint a German landscape once a tank has driven through it,” Anselm Kiefer

Here we have a previously unreleased and widely unheard live recording of this prophetic avant group’s first show in West Berlin in 1968. This is a throbbing, demonic whale dirge; it’s unhurried, deliberate and dull. Occasionally the players develop a sustained theme (ghoulish howling, a broken hell train chugging away from the station, chain gang grunts, an upset and deranged troop of mordor gate-beasts swinging through a tangle of weighty molasses, breaking free, and tumbling off of a nearby cliff one by one like stupid lemmings and landing with a thud onto an old, deeply fastened war drum) before allowing it to recede into a dark, incomprehensible rumble. The piece shifts and changes, but never really develops into anything more than a succession of interesting experiments in found sound and patient free jazz appropriations. Regardless, portions here are truly frightening and the piece is worth a full listen. 56 minutes long.

Track Listing
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